ERIC Number: ED348282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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Increasing the Social Studies Performance of Middle School Special Education Students Using Multisensory Strategies.
Erven, Judith L.
The problems that middle school special education students experience in the academic area of social studies were addressed in this practicum. The students could not grasp the ideas, received poor grades, and exhibited a very poor attitude about the relevance of social studies as an academic concern. The special education social studies classes were composed of sixth through eighth graders in a rural middle school. All students were involved in a full-time special education program. The students studied world history during the 20th century. The objectives of this practicum included raising grades, increasing the retention of knowledge, and improving student attitudes. The implementation project involved the use of various multisensory strategies such as cooperative learning, study guides, advance organizers, visual displays, films, speakers, and student notebooks. Two of the three objectives were attained with a much higher retention of knowledge and an improved interest in the area of social studies. The third objective showed a slight improvement in grades with a much lower failure rate. Appendices include sample study guides, advance organizers, cooperative learning projects, and film listings. (Author)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Research, Educational Strategies, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Disabilities, Learning Strategies, Middle Schools, Motivation Techniques, Remedial Instruction, Rural Schools, Social Studies, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.